Updated: May 15
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On May 11th, Saskatoon had a taste of hope and community empowerment. The "For the Love of Youth" (FLY) Project visited this vibrant city as part of its mission to uplift underrepresented and newcomer youth, equipping them with educational resources and exposing them to enriching experiences.
In partnership with the University of Calgary Dinos Coach David Kapinga, the FLY team orchestrated a fruitful day of learning and physical activity. The day's events brought the community together and served as a springboard for young people to envision and pursue their dreams.
The camp was hosted at St. Joseph High School, where FLY held a 3x3 basketball camp, an initiative to promote physical activity and team-building. Under the guidance of Coach Kapinga, the event drew a significant turnout, marking it as a resounding success. The FLY basketball camp also served as The Expert Collectives platform to award scholarships to deserving students, creating opportunities for bright minds to further their education.
In addition to the physical activity, the FLY team also focused on nurturing the intellectual capabilities of the youth. They supplied educational resources, including laptops. This initiative reinforced FLY's commitment to eradicating the digital divide and facilitating equal opportunities for all students.
The learning sessions organized by FLY made this outreach event even more remarkable. The first session was titled "Success in Education and Preparing for the Future." This session focused on practical skills like crafting an impressive resume and optimizing ones LinkedIn profile to attract potential employers.
The second session emphasized the value of "Volunteerism and Leadership." Participants were taught how to maximize their volunteering experiences and how it could be a stepping stone toward their career objectives. An introduction to leadership was also part of this session, inspiring participants to step up and make a difference in their communities.
The leadership sessions did not stop there. Participants were guided through "Presentation Creation," where participants learned how to communicate their ideas effectively. This session was followed by a "Public Speaking and Presentation" module, where the participants honed their oratory and presentation skills.
The culmination of the leadership sessions was a unique opportunity for participants to make a 5-minute presentation on leadership, allowing them to put into practice the skills they had learned throughout the day. This session allowed the participants to explore their leadership styles and get constructive feedback from their peers and the FLY team.
The FLY Projects' visit to Saskatoon signifies a step forward in empowering youth and bridging the gap between education and sports. It also serves as an example of how communities can come together to create lasting impact. This event was not just about supplying resources or life skills but about instilling confidence in students, underrepresented youth, and newcomers, and inspiring them to aspire to greatness.
For the Love of Youth (FLY) services are free and funded by the Government of Canada's Supports for Student Learning Program (SSLP).
FLY is committed to providing high-quality support to students, families, and educators who need it most. Our team is dedicated to creating a safe and supportive environment for students to learn and grow.
Learn more about the For the Love of Youth (FLY) Project.